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After Donald Trump was elected, he said his children would serve no role in his administration:

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, said Thursday that none of his children are planning to formally join their father’s administration, but didn’t respond to questions about whether any might play an informal role.

Only a few months later, it was announced Ivanka Trump would join the administration as a senior adviser to Donald Trump. The role is unpaid, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t costing taxpayers a bundle. In an unprecedented move, the “special” assistant to the president has hired a chief of staff. From Politico:

Ivanka Trump is quietly staffing up, and she’s filling out her team in the West Wing with former officials from President George W. Bush’s administration.

In addition to her close adviser Dina Powell, who served as chief of the personnel office in the Bush White House, the first daughter — who now serves as a special assistant to the president — has hired a chief of staff who worked under Bush’s education secretary, Margaret Spellings.

That’s not all. Ivanka Trump is also getting her own taxpayer-funded spokesman:

Radford’s role as an official chief of staff to a first daughter is unique. Ivanka Trump is focused on women’s issues, but she also has been described by her attorney as a looming presence who serves as “her father’s eyes and ears” in the White House. Ivanka Trump also has an assistant, and she continues to work closely with her father’s longtime senior communications adviser, Hope Hicks, who worked for the Trump Organization before joining the campaign. She also retains an outside spokeswoman. A White House official declined to comment on how many more staffers she planned to hire.

Is this what Trump voters had in mind? 

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